Switching colors

How does Modern look with the addition of Amonkhet a few weeks after players started brewing?

Two Modern GPs and and SCG Open gave us massive amounts of data this weekend. So how does Modern look with the addition of Amonkhet a few weeks after players started brewing?

The Shadow has only switched colors

Death's Shadow decks are still the biggest threat in the room, but many players switched from Jund to Grixis, probably because Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang do not die to Fatal Push which has been the best removal against the Jund version using Tarmogoyf. The switch might help the price of Tasigur, which was approaching a laughably low point for such a fine card. Recently reprinted Snapcaster Mage might also see increased interest if the Grixis version becomes the new standard. My favorite financial pick from that deck are Foil versions of this card though:

Ceremonious Rejection Foils from: 1,89 €

Modern Sideboards are extremely tight, which makes a card that is awesome against Tron, Affinity, and Eldrazi extremely valuable. This tech already showed up in multiple other blue Top 8 decks this weekend and I expect this trend to only increase from here. Modern lovers will soak up the foils on the market sooner or later.

B/W Eldrazi is back!

When Battle for Zendikar came out, the first successful Eldrazi decks were black and white. Wasteland Strangler was a powerful reason to be black at that time. When Oath of the Gatewatch gave us lots of broken Eldrazi requiring colorless mana, the archetype changed very significantly, dismissing cards like Strangler in the process. The resulting deck completely dominated Modern and Eye of Ugin ended up on the banned list. With players looking to get their mana acceleration elsewhere, Bant Eldrazi was born due to the power of Noble Hierarch. Recently players have been flocking to Urza lands instead, planning to make a series of powerful plays once Urza Tron is assembled. So after all this evolution why did B/W Eldrazi win GP Kobe?

Because it has all the right tools for the current Modern environment! The most popular decks present very cheap creatures which win the game extremely fast if you leave them alone. Death's Shadow decks don't need to attack you very often, but even more importantly the best combo decks can present a “lethal” creature on turn 2 as well. If you fail to destroy Baral, Chief of Compliance, or Devoted Druid directly, you will often just be dead on turn 3 to Storm and Counters Company respectively. Both the Bant and the Tron version of Eldrazi are less effective at answering these questions. Between discard spells and the best removal in the form of Fatal Push, Path to Exile and Dismember you have all the tools in B/W though. Tidehollow Sculler and Thought-Knot Seer make sure the combo decks don't sneak their way back into the game once you start deploying your own threats. Four Maindeck Relic of Progenitus, which are primarily meant to enable Strangler, are great in the metagame as well. Dredge, Storm, Living End, Kitchen Finks combo, and even Death's Shadow decks can be severely disrupted by well-timed graveyard removal.

I think this deck should find lots of fans in the near future and prices will increase accordingly. I am not entirely sure which card is the best financial pick though – probably Concealed Courtyard as this was the first time this fast land proved its Modern viability in a top deck.

Concealed Courtyard  From (EX+): 3,40 €

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malz77(29.05.2017 23:11)

I haven't followed the two GPs. Was there something exciting goinig on concerning As Foretold?